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News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | September 21, 2017

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Two indicted by grand jury in Charles City Circuit Court

By Andre Jones | September 5, 2017 11:26 am

Two individuals were indicted by a Charles City grand jury during Sept. 5 circuit court proceedings: –Charles H. Johnson Jr., 36, of the 4800 block of Cool Hill Road, Providence Forge, on one count each of unauthorized use of a vehicle and felony destruction of property. The defendant allegedly used an excavator belonging to Linwood Johnson without his permission and damaged it on June 22. –Carrie Faye Neal, 30, of the 6700 block of Church Lane, Charles City, on one count each of malicious wounding and felony destruction of property. On June 1, Neal allegedly threw a rock through the…
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Providence Forge Rite Aid robber sentenced to two-year jail term

By Andre Jones | August 28, 2017 8:36 pm
Richard Carlton May

A Lanexa man who robbed the Rite Aid store in Providence Forge will spend the next two years in jail. Richard Carlton May, 51, of the 300 block of Wahrani Trail, received his formal sentence during Aug. 28 proceedings in New Kent Circuit Court. He entered Alford pleas of guilt to one count each of robbery of a business and possession of oxycodone during his June 12 trial. On Oct. 17, 2016, May went into the Rite Aid store in Providence Forge. Inside, he met the pharmacist in the breakroom and began to demand 30-milligram oxycodone pills. After the pharmacist…
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Internet service finally gets airborne in Charles City after numerous delays

By Andre Jones | August 22, 2017 9:01 pm

That light you see at the end of the tunnel in Charles City probably isn’t coming from a train; it’s probably coming from the top of a tower that provides airborne Internet service. After receiving a $600,000 grant and nearly three years of waiting that consisted of setbacks and frustrated citizens, connectivity for county citizens to the World Wide Web may be just around the horizon. Charles City District 2 Supervisor and board chairman Bill Coada provided an update during Tuesday night’s regular board meeting. “I know people have been asking about the internet and when we are going to…
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Drug charge dismissed, but Quinton man to serve two years for violating protective order

By Andre Jones | August 21, 2017 3:19 pm

A Quinton man had a charge of possession of cocaine dismissed against him, but will still serve two years in jail stemming from violating a protective order. Charles Frederick Kirby, 36, of the 3600 block of Poverty Hall Road, received the sentence after a Monday morning contested trial in New Kent Circuit Court. On Mar. 2, Rebecca Tinsley called New Kent Sheriff’s Office to complain about Kirby being on her property. Tinsley received an emergency protective order the day before stemming from an incident that said Kirby was driving erratically in a shared driveway. Tinsley testified, claiming the defendant stopped…
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Motorcyclist killed in Sunday morning accident in Quinton

By Community Member | August 20, 2017 2:48 pm

A Sunday morning crash in New Kent has claimed the life of a motorcyclist. Around 11:45 a.m., Virginia State police responded to a two-vehicle crash at the 5300 block of New Kent Highway. According to the press release, a 2003 Harley-Davidson was traveling westbound when its rider lost control. The motorcycle slid into a westbound vehicle that had stopped to turn left and then into the eastbound lane where both the rider and motorcycle were struck by an eastbound Ford Transit van. The motorcyclist, Jeffrey A. Schwenk, 55, of Quinton, died at the scene. The driver of the van was…
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Update: Airplane crash in New Kent claims life of Richmond man

By Community Member | August 18, 2017 1:46 pm
Virginia State police investigate wreckage of a small plane that crashed in New Kent Friday morning.Virginia State police photo

State police have confirmed one fatality and one injured person after a plane crashed in New Kent Friday morning. According to the Virginia State Police report, a small, privately owned aircraft crashed near Liberty Hall Road. According to early indications, the plane landed in a field before striking a fence. The state police also say that a student-pilot with an instructor occupied the plane and were practicing exercises before impacting the ground. The flight instructor, Andrew M. Jones, 38, of Richmond, succumbed to his injuries on Friday afternoon. The 67-year old student pilot, a New Kent man, is being treated…
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Petersburg felon receives mandatory sentence for firing AK-47 at Charles City shooting range

By Andre Jones | August 18, 2017 12:04 pm

A Petersburg man will spend a mandatory two years in jail for possessing a firearm after he agreed to a plea deal during Aug. 18 proceedings in Charles City Circuit Court. Rodman Gonzalez, 20, of the 1600 block of Valdas Drive, entered a guilty plea to a single count on an amended charge of possession of a weapon by a nonviolent felon (originally possession of a weapon by a violent felon). In a summary of evidence by Commonwealth’s Attorney Rob Tyler, on Mar. 11, conservation officer Christopher Adams heard rapid gunfire shots coming from a shooting range in the county….
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New Kent schools remain above state average, Charles City schools expect full accreditation after latest release of SOL scores

By Andre Jones | August 16, 2017 5:01 pm

Charles City Public Schools showed a significant gain in the history and social science areas while New Kent Public Schools continue to remain ahead of the statewide average as Standards of Learning (SOL) scores were released to the public on Aug. 15. In Charles City, all history and social sciences scores eclipsed the 80-point passing mark, including a perfect score of 100 percent in World History II. A perfect score was also achieved in chemistry, which jumped 29 points from a 71 percent pass rate from last year. Charles City Public Schools saw improvements in 13 of the 28 testing…
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Possession of firearm, drugs lead Waterview man to enter Alford pleas in New Kent

By Andre Jones | August 14, 2017 9:39 pm

A man from Waterview entered Alford pleas of guilt as part of an Aug. 14 plea deal in New Kent Circuit Court. Zachary Widmark, 21, of 85 Parrots Creek Lane, entered Alford pleas to one count each of felony child abuse, possession of a firearm while in possession of a schedule I/II controlled substance, and possession of a schedule I/II controlled substance (LSD). One charge each of sell/distribution of marijuana, misdemeanor eluding police, and misdemeanor carrying of a concealed weapon were dropped as part of the plea agreement. The Alford pleas indicate that while Widmark maintains his innocence, evidence presented…
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Bates, state trooper from Quinton, dies in helicopter crash near Charlottesville

By Community Member | August 12, 2017 10:50 pm
Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M.Bates.Virginia State Police photo

A Virginia State Trooper from Quinton was among two officers who died in a helicopter accident on Aug.12. Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates, who would have turned 41 on Aug. 13, passed away tragically while on patrol in Albermarle County. The pilot, Lieutenant H. Jay Cullen, 48, of Midlothian, also died in the crash. According to the state police report, the aviation unit was assisting public safety resources with the ongoing protests and counter-protests in Charlottesville when if crashed into a wooded area shortly before 5 p.m. The cause of the crash remains under investigation, but Virginia State Police spokesman Colonel…
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